Bike Tour | 26.2 Miles
Ride the Valley

Start Time: 6:00 am
Course Time Limit: 1 Hour and 45 Minutes

The Alaska Airlines Salt Lake City Marathon Bike Tour was the first of its kind in Utah! The course, which is the same as the Salt Lake City Marathon course, offers riding fans the opportunity for a non-stop, family-friendly ride through some of the most scenic and spectacular parts of the Salt Lake Valley. You don’t have to be a pro; all you need is a bike and the ability to maintain an average speed of 15 mph and complete the course in 1:45.

As an official event of the Alaska Airlines Salt Lake City Marathon weekend, our goal is to make the Salt Lake City Marathon Bike Tour a thrilling experience for all participants. We encourage EVERYONE to review the rider rules below. Because our goal is to provide our participants with a quality experience, we want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy the event safely.

Course Map

Note: The interactive map should only be used to understand the exact route athletes will follow during their events.

Special Note: This map tool uses GPS technology; therefore, it does not accurately represent distance and mile markers. The course is certified according to USA Track and Field (USATF) standards with a bicycle outfitted with a calibrated cyclometer. Please see the PDF version of the map above for more accurate locations of miles as verified by USATF.

On-Course Information

Water will be available at the event start and finish lines. There will not be any aid stations along the course, so it is recommended that you carry your own refreshments.

Representatives from the event’s medical and communication team will be stationed at each of 14 locations along the course to observe participants and assist with any medical injuries or emergencies.

Timing and Speed

The Bike Tour is a non-competitive event, so there will be no official times given to participants. A timing clock will be near the finish line to show elapsed time. Participants must finish the 26.2-mile course within 1 hour 45 minutes while maintaining an average speed of 15 mph. A maximum speed of 30 mph has been established by the Salt Lake City Police Department and will be enforced on the course by Bike Tour marshals.


  • Arrive at the ride on time and ready to ride. The start time means rolling out time, not arrival time.
  • Riders without bibs will not be allowed on the course. Security personnel and course marshals will be located at the start and throughout the course to remove riders without bibs.
  • Helmets are required for participation in the Bike Tour for safety reasons. Riders not wearing helmets will be asked to leave the course and will not be allowed to participate in the tour.
  • Show up prepared with any spares, tools or other items that you will need.
  • There will be no late starts.
  • Radios, walkmans and headphones are prohibited on the course.
  • No drafting.
  • Use caution on descending hills. Be sure to brake lightly and hold onto your handle bars securely.
  • Pass on the left side of a cyclist after yelling out, “on your left.”
  • Maintain an average speed of 15 mph in order to finish within the 1 hour and 45 minute time limit. If you are not able to maintain that pace, we recommend that you adjust your training schedule to hit this pace.
  • Riders will be expected to obey the laws of the road and use courtesy, caution and common sense.
  • Bike Tour course marshals will enforce the minimum speed and will disqualify participants who cannot finish the course in the allotted time.
  • A maximum speed of 30 mph has been established by the Salt Lake City Police Department.
  • Recumbent, mountain, tandem, electric-assist, cruiser, hand cycle and touring bikes are allowed on the course.


We recommend that you park or get dropped off at the Merrill Engineering Parking lot on the University of Utah Campus, at the corner of North Campus Drive and Wasatch Blvd. Ride only .5 miles south on Wasatch Drive to the start area under the George S. Eccles Legacy Bridge.

Register and Receive

Register for the 2018 Alaska Airlines Salt Lake City Marathon Bike Tour and receive the following:

  • A one-of-a-kind technical T-shirt branded Salt Lake City Bike Tour
  • Finishers medal
  • Professional event timing and live results messaging to track your race progress
  • “Check for bikes” window cling to promote safety for all cyclists
  • Goody bag filled with gifts from our sponsors
  • Great food at finish line festival